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Tropical Green, the USGBC South Florida Chapter's all-day education conference focused on communicating best practices for building successful communities and buildings in our unique humid, temperate environment, was a tremendous success!

The conference, held on September 20, featured multiple education sessions (see below) that were packed with eager practitioners and professionals who were not disappointed.  Rave reviews aplenty were tied to the top-shelf speakers and topics, as well as for the quality of the exhibitors displaying their tropics-focused products at the conference. 

Thanks to Our Speakers

This first-of-its-kind conference combined the knowledge of experts from all areas and from around the USA and the world to enhance the global knowledge base of this critical topic -- understanding the issues a building and city face in a modern, urban, tropical/hurricane zone. 

Keynote Speakers

Bruno Stagno, Director of the Institute for Tropical Architecture, Costa Rica

Pat Bosch, Design Director/Principal at Perkins + Will.

Opening Session "Owners Forum"

Moderators:  Brian Lomel (TLC Engineering for Architecture) and Cheryl Jacobs (AIA Miami) 

Panelists: Jeff Thompson (City of Fort Lauderdale) and Brian Schienblum (Cambean Hospitality)

Education Tracks

Green Roofing

Vegetated Roofing --  James Kirby (Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing)

Sustainable Roof Systems -- James Kirby (Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing)

Integrated Design of Food Gardens – Thorn Grafton (Zyscovich Architects)

Energy Conservation and Generation

Energy Conservation -- Brian Lomel  (TLC Engineering for Architecture)

Clean Renewable Energy -- Ed Strobel (Sunshine Solar Services)

Envelope Cx -- Mark Smith (Gobbell Hayes Partners)

Water Efficiency

Sea Level Rise and Impacts -- Dr. Frederick Bloetscher (FAU)

Drainage: LID (Low impact Development) versus Traditional SWM (Stormwater Management) -- J. Chris Earley (Greening Urban)

Urban Planning as Related to Hydrology -- Kona Gray (EDSA)

Daylight Harvesting

Architectural Daylight Strategies -- Joe Snider (SEQUIL Systems)

Lighting and Lighting Controls -- Dane Sanders (Clanton & Associates Lighting Designers)

Tropical Residences/Hotels and the Influence of Natural Light -- Denaye Hinds (OBMI)


Best Practices for Minimizing IEQ Risks During Construction -- Tracey Browne (Balfour Beatty)

LEED v4 in the Tropics -- Rob Hink (The Spinnaker Group)

Hotel Ownership and Operation -- Dr. Nancy Scanlon (FIU)

Case Studies

Max Planck Laboratory -- Kari Botek (PGAL) and Rich Hubacker (ZGF)

Young At Art Museum and Broward County Library -- Margi Nothard (Glavovic Studio)

Rio Negro (First LEED Certified Hospital in South American) -- Alejandro Branger (Perkins+Will) and Luis Tobar (Perkins+Will)

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Thanks to our Tropical Green 
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Carbon Offsets and Renewable Energy Credits

Tropical Green and GalaVerde
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Why Tropical Green?

The USGBC South Florida Chapter is uniquely positioned to show leadership in this subject because:

The only counties in North America classified as Tropical, "Zone 1A" by ASHRAE are all in South Florida.  Our climate impacts traditional ownership, construction and design practices in a manner that does not allow the use of strategies common in North America and Europe.  For sustainability strategies to be effective, they must embrace the distinct environmental, social and financial aspects of our climate.

Although the tropical ASHRAE Zone 1A climate type is not common in North America, the majority of the developing world and some of the most populous areas -- including areas such as Brazil, India, Southeast Asia, China and Africa -- are in this climate zone. 

For the first time in history, more than 50% of the world lives in urban/city locations.   As this population sector grows, the demands for energy will increase the global footprint to unsustainable levels.   Sustainable strategies are the key to mitigate this danger as cities modernize around the globe.

To review the short introductory movie clip that was shown to attendees in the conferences opening session, click here.  

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